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Cha Cha Chicken

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1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
310-581-1684
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11:00 am - 9:30 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Good for:
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 49
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent for a Quick Dine In or for take Out

All good here. Good vibes and good food. Low key ambiance and popular with the locals. The jerk chicken is what it's all about.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Chasmo99
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Guadalajara, Mexico
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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145 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Guadalajara, Mexico
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

All good here. Good vibes and good food. Low key ambiance and popular with the locals. The jerk chicken is what it's all about.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

You can tell by the line that this is a favorite place for many. Plan to stand in line, especially on the weekend. There is limited seating inside and a small patio that is very enjoyable. It's BYOB and they will provide an opener and cups. The enchiladas and plantains are my favorite. The location is close to the Santa... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We happened to stumble on this restaurant. We ordered the coconut fried chicken and the Jamaican jerk wings. Each plate came with a side of black beans and rice and plaintains. They taste was very good and food tasted fresh.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Cha Cha Chicken is one of my all time favorite lunch spots. We usually opt for take-out when staying in Santa Monica. If you prefer dining there they do offer seating. Years ago it was mostly a locals type cafe.... but now with the influx of tourists in Santa Monica it draws visitors as well as locals. They offer a... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I first heard of Cha Cha Chicken a few years ago, when I stumbled on a Food Network show that named the Top 10 restaurants for Fried Chicken in the US, and Cha Cha Chicken's coconut fried chicken sounded delicious! Fast forward to a few weekends ago, when visiting SoCal, and our plans called for an afternoon in Santa Monica.... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Maybe I should have ordered a different jerk sauce (I ordered mild) because I didn't think the chicken had much flavor. I ordered the drink of the day and it was great. Took my order to go and ate at the beach since Cha-cha is only about a block away.

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Newtown, Connecticut
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156 reviews 156 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
329 helpful votes 329 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Dinner for six on a busy Saturday night / Valentines Day. Comfortable outdoor seating, BYOB, great food - huge servings of quality Caribbean style cuisine (chicken & salmon) with delicious sides. Very reasonable - especially when you figure the $ saved by the BYOB. The servers are great at bringing the food to your table and cleaning up when you... More 

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Grand Rapids, Mi
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A bit of Jamaica in Santa Monica. The jerk chicken (3 levels of spiciness available) and sides are to die for. I always go for the red beans and rice and plantains (they are da bomb). The outdoor beach chalet seating is so chill I could stay all day.

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New York City, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Good Chicken, Outdoor Seating, Unusual Fruit Drink Combinations whats not to like. I tried the recommended fruit drink of the day and it was delicious.

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Sunnyvale, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This location probably works best as a takeout place, or in the summer. We went for dinner in the winter, and it was a bit chilly in the outdoor seating area. The place looks a bit funky, but that was OK with us. The food, however, was not as good as the reviews led us to believe. Good food, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-581-1684

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Caribbean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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